Silt trustee pleads not guilty |

Silt trustee pleads not guilty

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Silt Town Trustee Bobby Hays pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of stalking a woman.He faces a class five felony stalking charge in 9th Judicial District Court. The charge carries a presumptive maximum sentence of three years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine. However, there’s no requirement for mandatory time in prison or jail. Silt officials have said there’s no reason Hays would be removed from his role as a trustee unless he’s actually convicted of a crime.Hays, 49, said previously that the stalking accusations are “bogus.”His attorney, Greg Greer, opted not to comment at this time.According to an affidavit for the Aug. 9, 2006 arrest, a woman told authorities Hays followed her home from a softball game and was blocking her driveway with his truck. A Garfield County Deputy arrived at her Glenwood Springs residence and contacted Hays in a blue Ford Ranger down the street, the affidavit says.The alleged victim told the deputy Hays has been following her and driving by her house since 2000. She said she moved to Denver, then back to the area three years ago, and that Hays resumed following her and driving by her house at that time, the affidavit says.The affidavit says a man told the deputy he heard the alleged victim pleading with Hays to leave her alone. He asked Hays to leave and Hays said that the woman’s family was mean to him and his family, according to the affidavit.The woman made a report to the sheriff’s office in 2002 that said Hays was following her, she was scared he would hurt her, and that Hays had said God told him they were married, according to the affidavit.The alleged victim told the deputy that she tried to get a restraining order against Hays previously, but that it was turned down by a judge, the affidavit says.Hays remains free on $5,000 bond. A jury trial is scheduled to begin May 22.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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